Upcoming Concerts

We've got a number of exciting concerts planned for 2019 including our Spring Season Concert on 2nd March at Ecclesall Parish Church, a performance at the Classical Sheffield Festival on 9th March at Kelham Island Museum and our Summer Season Concert on 8th June at the Victoria Hall.

Our Spring season concert should have a bit of something for everyone!

We are thrilled to be joined by the young piano prodigy, Thomas Kelly for our next performance, where Thomas will perform Shostakovich's mighty Second Piano Concerto.  Born in 1998, Thomas has been playing the piano since the age of 3 and is currently in his second year of study at the Royal College of Music.  He attained a Grade 8 with distinction at the age of 8, winning 'Kent Musician of the Year' in the same year.  A Purcell School alumnus, Thomas has already performed in major performance venues such as the Wigmore Hall, St Martin in the Fields and the Fazioli Hall in Sacile.  In 2017 he won the Purcell Concerto prize playing Brahms 2nd Piano Concerto, and the jury finalist prize in the Pianale International Competition senior category.  He is currently studying at the Royal College of Music at enjoying a freelance career as a soloist.
Many thanks to Pat Kendall-Taylor for sponsoring Thomas in this concert.

The Phil' are also bringing you a new work by Sheffield-based composer, Tom James - Mad Meg.  Mad Meg is an orchestral overture based on the Breugel painting of the same name from 1563.  It’s a bold and driving piece incorporating material from thee other works of the time - Orlando di Lasso’s Media Vita (In the midst of life we are in death), a song published by Tylmann Susato Een meysken eens voerby passeerde (A maiden once passed by) and a bagpipe dance from Hoboken in Belgium.  All in 8 minutes!!

Tom studied Music and German at the University of Sheffield, and subsequently completed a PhD in composition under the supervision of Dr George Nicholson.  He has described his influences include many “B”s: Bach, Berio, Birtwistle, Boulez, Bridge… So, we'll be pairing him up with the inimitable, Ludwig van Beethoven, rounding off what will be a very exhilarating evening of music!
Composed when he was only 25, Beethoven's explosive First Symphony is often overshadowed by his Third, Fifth and Ninth symphonies.  It emphasises strong influences from the music of Haydn and Mozart, but there are certainly a few hints of the greatness to come.